Current Projects

We are working on a variety of projects, in conjunction with foundations and companies, to develop treatment options to improve the lives of patients with chronic diseases and disabilities or help athletes maximize their performance in their sport of choice.

‘VOLVER A CAMINAR’ (‘WALK AGAIN PROJECT’)

  • Safety and Efficacy of Autologous Cell Therapy combined with intensive rehabilitation and non-invasive electrostimulation as a treatment to repair traumatic spinal cord injury. Sponsored by the Fenexy Foundation, this pilot clinical study is a partnership between the Department of Rehabilitation and Human Performance at Mount Sinai and Maimonides University in Buenos Aires. This project combines cell therapy, non-invasive electrostimulation and rehabilitation for the improvement of motor function in chronic spinal cord injury. It aims to evaluate the efficacy of this multifactorial treatment:
    • Autologous spinal cord and muscle cell transplantation
    • Combined central (magnetic) and peripheral (electrical) stimulation of the pyramidal tract targeting muscles below the level of the lesion
    • Intensive rehabilitation program
  • Duration: 18 months
  • Criteria: This pilot study will be done in six people with SCI, cervical lesions (C5-C7), chronic (>one year after injury) and complete lesions (AIS A).
  • Principal investigator: Dr. Gustavo Moviglia, MD, Dr. Mar Cortes, MD, and Dr. Teresita Moviglia, MD
  • Location: Center for Research in Tissue and Therapy Engineering (CIITT), Maimonides
  • University, Buenos Aires (Argentina). Rehabilitation Center (4th floor).
  • Dates: 2019 – 2021
  • Contact: gmoviglia@gmail.com
  • Link: http://ciitt.com.ar/

The Telehealth Intervention Program for Seniors (TIPS): An Evaluative Study

  • Care for the elderly with chronic conditions is estimated to account for 86 percent of annual health care spending in the United States, and many of these costs may be avoided with early intervention. There is a critical need to investigate feasible early intervention strategies for chronic disease management as the population continues to age.
  • The objective is to evaluate the efficacy of a Remote Patient Monitoring initiative in reducing the incidence of emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and under 30-day hospital readmissions. We believe that the implementation of a community-based, remote patient monitoring program can reduce utilization of hospital services for seniors living with multiple chronic health conditions.
  • Principal Investigator: Dr. David Putrino, PhD
  • Dates: 2013 – Open-ended

Expressions

Precision Recovery

  • Precision Recovery is a website for both individuals who have experienced a stroke as well as their caregivers to learn about what to expect during recovery and useful tips to help achieve the best post-stroke outcomes. This is a place for everyone who has ever had a stroke or anyone in the care community to explore, learn, and share personal experiences.
  • This website was started by Christopher Kellner, MD, Assistant Professor in Neurosurgery specializing in the endovascular and minimally invasive treatment of different forms of stroke, and David Putrino, PhD, the Director of Rehabilitation Innovation for the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Kellner recognized there is a need for a place like Precision Recovery for individuals to be able to access current information on stroke rehabilitation in an accessible one-stop location and manner.

Automated Functional Movement Screen

  • This project analyzes the anonymized motion capture data extracted from the Microsoft Kinect recordings to determine if the Kinect technology can accurately capture the movements of individuals performing the Functional Movement Screen (FMS).
  • Principal Investigator: Dr. David Putrino, PhD
  • Dates: 2018 – Open-ended